The House of Representatives voted on Monday night to dismiss a resolution introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) that sought to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his mishandling of the border situation. Meanwhile, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is pushing for a funding package that will delay any major border policy discussions until next year.
Greene had introduced the resolution on Friday, just one day after two individuals from her district were killed in Texas in a collision with a car driven by a human smuggler evading the police.
These resolutions require prompt action on the House floor within two legislative days of their introduction. Instead of voting directly on the resolution, Republican leadership decided to handle it through a Democratic motion to refer it to the Homeland Security Committee. Democrats made changes to their motion before the vote, opting to table the resolution.
Greene’s resolution accused Mayorkas of engaging in conduct that violates US laws, including the admission of border crossers, human traffickers, drugs, and contraband. Speaker Johnson’s decision to table the resolution indicates that it did not have enough support to pass, as some Republicans were hesitant to deviate from regular procedures.
Greene and others argued that Mayorkas’s failures at the border have already been extensively discussed in committee hearings throughout the year, making formalities unnecessary.
Johnson’s decision to comply with Democrats’ demands to redirect the impeachment resolution to a committee comes on the same day that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressed support for Johnson’s continuing resolution (CR) plan for government funding.
The CR plan proposed by Johnson postpones any action on President Joe Biden’s border policy until next year and extends funding for the Department of Homeland Security until February 2. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) has been leading Republican opposition to the CR plan, arguing that the border issue cannot be further delayed. Roy has been a vocal critic of the previous omnibus spending bill and the recently extended CR.
Despite Roy’s determination, both chambers of Congress are preparing to adjourn for a Thanksgiving break by Friday, while the border crisis under Mayorkas’s leadership continues.